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11th Nov '17 11:41:39 AM Chabal2
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* Used by Johan in ''ComicBook/JohanEtPirlouit'' while going around bad guys in a darkened cave. He even refers to it as "a trick as old as the world".
24th Oct '17 5:05:49 PM darkemyst
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* In TheMovie of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry tosses a broken stone to distract a blinded basilisk.

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In TheMovie of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry tosses a broken stone to distract a blinded basilisk.basilisk.
** As in the book Harry uses a loud Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes product to distract Ministry of Magic workers so that he can sneak in and search Umbridge's office in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''.



* In ''Literature/RoseMadder'' Rosie distracts Erinyes the blind bull from killing her by throwing a blood-soaked rock and running in the opposite direction.[[/folder]]

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* In ''Literature/RoseMadder'' Rosie distracts Erinyes the blind bull from killing her by throwing a blood-soaked rock and running in the opposite direction.direction.
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24th Oct '17 4:41:30 PM darkemyst
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* In TheMovie of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry does this to distract a blinded basilisk.

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* In TheMovie of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry does this tosses a broken stone to distract a blinded basilisk.
20th Oct '17 10:55:32 AM WillKeaton
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* [[DoubleSubversion Triply subverted]] humorously in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}:'' the GAP [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11262006/ try to distract the Brassmoon City gate guards]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11272006/ by throwing a rock]], but instead of going to investigate the noise, one of them shouts "Someone's throwing rocks at us from the woods!" However, the guards still go to investigate the place whence the rock was thrown, and [[IdiotBall start arguing]] there. Being distracted, they let a couple goblins enter the city (a double subversion). But then, the distraction doesn't last long enough, and the last two members for the GAP are spotted while trying to get in (a triple subversion!).

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* [[DoubleSubversion Triply subverted]] humorously in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}:'' the GAP [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11262006/ try to distract the Brassmoon City gate guards]] [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/11272006/ by throwing a rock]], rock,]] but instead of going to investigate the noise, one of them shouts "Someone's throwing rocks at us from the woods!" However, the guards still go to investigate the place whence the rock was thrown, and [[IdiotBall start arguing]] there. Being distracted, they let a couple goblins enter the city (a double subversion). But then, the distraction doesn't last long enough, and the last two members for the GAP are spotted while trying to get in (a triple subversion!).
17th Oct '17 2:07:47 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''VideoGame/HenryStickminSeries'': This is one of Henry's few tricks that consistently works (probably because it's so mundane). He distracts a guard by throwing a penny in ''Stealing the Diamond'', and two guards by throwing a guard's hat in ''Fleeing the Complex''.
17th Oct '17 2:05:59 AM BoukenDutch
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* ''WesternAnimation/CaptureTheFlag'': Amy distracts the night guard at the retirement home with a rock so she and Mike can get inside and meet Mike's grandfather. The guard ignores the first rock, but investiages the second one (which hits a lamp post), and when doing so disocvers 3 residents secretly working on their own model rocket.
11th Aug '17 8:58:39 PM jormis29
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** Both ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry]]'' and ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue'' provide the player character with firecrackers, which can be used to distract guards or, in the latter case, draw enemy assassins out of hiding.

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** Both ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry]]'' ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedFreedomCry'' and ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue'' provide the player character with firecrackers, which can be used to distract guards or, in the latter case, draw enemy assassins out of hiding.
4th Aug '17 4:23:50 AM TPercival
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** Earlier in the middle of the film, Alan tries to lure the Tyrannosaurus away from the kids - who were trapped in one of the cars that is attacked by the same dinosaur - with a torch flare. This almost works, [[WhatAnIdiot until Ian Malcolm intervenes with another flare]].
4th Aug '17 4:19:15 AM TPercival
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* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Tarzan has Terk and Tantor to dress as Jane and Archimedes Q. Porter respectively, just to have Kerchak to chase after them while Tarzan leads the real Jane Porter and her father, as well as Clayton to the gorillas' nesting grounds. This distraction later backfires when Terk and Tantor accidentally lead Kerchak back to the nesting grounds.
23rd Jul '17 3:13:01 PM nombretomado
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* A common urban legend for soldiers using the M1 Garand (the standard US service rifle in WW2 and the Korean War) was to keep one of the empty en bloc clips on them at all times. The Garand's self-loading mechanism would fire out the clip when the last round was used, which would make a very distinctive metallic "ping" noise. Supposedly, soldiers would throw empty clips to trick the enemy into thinking that their gun had run empty and encourage them to pop up out of cover. In reality, there's [[SubvertedTrope no evidence that this took place]] and it's unlikely that the ping could have been heard over the gunfire anyway (to say nothing of the risk of popping up because you heard one rifle go empty and facing an entire squad).

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* A common urban legend for soldiers using the M1 Garand (the standard US service rifle in WW2 [=WW2=] and the Korean War) was to keep one of the empty en bloc clips on them at all times. The Garand's self-loading mechanism would fire out the clip when the last round was used, which would make a very distinctive metallic "ping" noise. Supposedly, soldiers would throw empty clips to trick the enemy into thinking that their gun had run empty and encourage them to pop up out of cover. In reality, there's [[SubvertedTrope no evidence that this took place]] and it's unlikely that the ping could have been heard over the gunfire anyway (to say nothing of the risk of popping up because you heard one rifle go empty and facing an entire squad).
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